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Letter grades rise in Mississippi's school rating system

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Mississippi's public school districts and schools showed broad improvement under the state's A-to-F grading system in 2018-2019.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 4:20 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's public school districts and schools showed broad improvement under the state's A-to-F grading system in 2018-2019.

The number of A-rated districts rose from 18 to 31 in data published Tuesday, while the number of districts earning a C, D or F rating all fell.

The four-year high-school graduation rate rose to 84% from 83%, while test scores improved and more high school students enrolled in accelerated courses statewide. Those measures aided districts' improved ratings.

Some rural schools that teach grades K-12 or grades 7-12 benefitted from a change in the scoring system meant to put them on level ground with four-year high schools.

At least 10 districts scored an F for the second time in three years, making them eligible for a special state-controlled district for troubled schools.

Here are scores for local school districts:

"A" school districts

  • Oxford
  • Union County
  • Pontotoc
  • New Albany
  • Lowndes County
  • Booneville
  • Amory
  • Tishomingo County
  • Lafayette County
  • Alcorn County

"B" school districts

  • Prentiss County
  • Itawamba County
  • Grenada
  • Webster County
  • Houston
  • Tupelo
  • North Tippah County
  • Pontotoc County
  • Choctaw County
  • Corinth
  • Monroe County
  • South Tippah County
  • Baldwyn
  • Louisville
  • Lee County

"C" school districts

  • Calhoun County
  • West Point
  • Starkville-Oktibbeha County
  • Nettleton
  • Coffeeville

"D" school districts

  • Water Valley
  • Okolona
  • Chickasaw County
  • Winona-Montgomery County
  • Columbus

"F" school districts

  • Aberdeen 
  • Noxubee County

Open this link for more results from the Mississippi Department of Education.

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